Wenzhou High-Speed Train Crash Aftermath: 5 Most Viewed Videos

Excavators moving the wrecked traincars from the 2011 July 23 Wenzhou high speed train collision.

Excavators moving the wrecked traincars from the 2011 July 23 Wenzhou high speed train collision.

Videos of the Wenzhou high-speed train accident are amongst the most viewed videos on popular Chinese video sharing website Youku today, as they are posted and circulated on many of China’s major internet news portals like, discussion forums like Tianya, and social networks such as Sina Weibo and RenRen.

From Youku:

Train crash follow-up: Wreckage being buried on the spot, yet another victim discovered

This morning, handling of the Wenzhou train collision aftermath remained tense, and at the site of the accident, train car wreckage were seen apparently being buried, and yet another victim was discovered.

A copy on YouTube:

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The above video has been viewed over 1.9 million times so since it was uploaded yesterday and is currently in the #1 most viewed position on Youku. In the video, at 0:09, a dead body supposedly can be seen falling from the wrecked train car being taken down from the bridge. A woman can be heard screaming. Another dead body is supposedly visible at 2:52.

From Youku:

Youku Paike arrives at the scene of the Wenzhou train collision, the brave rescues of the local resident who was first on the scene

Last night, trains collided in Wenzhou territory, and local villages rushed to save lives. Youku Paike [amateur photographer or videographer] obtained an exclusive interview with the very first villager to arrive on the scene. He says he witnessed the initial scene, and successfully rescued over 10 people.

A copy on YouTube:

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This video has over 1.4 million views since being uploaded yesterday and is the third most viewed video presently on Youku. At the beginning of the video are nighttime images of the collision site, with uniformed rescuers resting on the ground. Later in the video, the shirtless villager who claims to have been the first person to arrive at the scene of the crash responds that his home is nearby, that he placed the eight people he rescued at a nearby intersection. He also answers that their injuries were not very serious because if they were, how could he have managed to pull them out and carry them away? Some had broken hands or feet, and five of the eight he rescued were children: four girls, one boy. He also says no one in the first train car had died but there were more fatalities in the second train car.

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From Youku:

Survivor tearfully recalls the incident, her protecting her daughter showing the greatness of a mother’s love

A Youku Paike who arrived at the Wenzhou Kangning Hospital where some of the survivors were being treated saw a brave mother who wrapped herself tightly around her daughter at the moment of disaster, saving her daughter.

This third video has over 625k views. All three of the above videos were uploaded by the same “种瓜的豆” user.

From Youku:

Thousands of ordinary people line up throughout the night to donate blood to help the wounded

The above short video, also currently in Youku’s Top 20 most viewed videos, has over 425k views since yesterday. The videographer interviews a young man from Guizhou who came with some friends to donate blood at but is still waiting for his turn having waited 5-6 hours already. The taxi fare was 140 RMB, whereas he earns under 100 RMB per day.

From Youku:

Rushing to save the injured at the base hospital for the train accident

This short 36 second video simply shows a scene in the hospital where injured passengers were taken. It has over 365k views and is also currently in Youku’s Top 20.

The two videos above were uploaded by user “犀利眼”.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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